Sharp spines, strange sex

I know many arachnophobes; in fact I live with one. But being afraid of spiders of the genus Micrathena¬†is about as rational as being afraid of a diamond brooch. These animals are jewelry come alive, harmless, and each more ornate and vividly colored than the other. There are about 100 known species of Micrathena (Araneidae),…